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What is the technique of turning a nail back on itself called?

It is called clinching. The technique is pretty simple, yet hold fairly well to prevent separation from the two boards. Here is a good example of how to do it: Source The example calls for a small ...
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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?

If there is one thing I'm proficient at its pallet teardown. You have lots of options. It does all depend on the style of pallet you are working with and it some cases its wood composition (hard, soft,...
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Making fake/pseudo plugs or caps

It's called a plug cutter. (source: rockler.com) image shamelessly stolen borrowed from Rockler Cut your plugs from a scrap piece of whatever you're making your project out of. Also, a screwdriver ...
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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?

Clawfoot hammer works just fine. Failing that a pair of pincers, pinch the nail as close to the wood as possible and then move front and back around the contact surface of the claws. The big problem ...
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securing 3/8" plywood to studs

I don't know that I would trust 16 ga nails from a pneumatic nailer, regardless of length, unless there were quite a few of them. The issue is the difference between the body diameter and the head ...
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What is the technique of turning a nail back on itself called?

Clinching or clenching. I've always used the former word. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/joinery/video-tip-clenching-a-nail-with-confidence
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With a pneumatic nailer what is more important the quality of the nailer or the nails?

Quality Related to Jamming The best answer to this question would be to run an experiment and report the jam rates for different grades of nail guns, with different grades of nails. However, since ...
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How do you use "v-nails" on picture frames?

Rockler has a V-Nail Installation Tool that should be right up your alley: I'm sure there are other stores where you can get these, but this is the first one I found.
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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?

Here is a good video showing how to get nails out that have pulled through the slats and are stuck in the inner runners (which is a common problem). He suggests gripping the hammer in a vise and using ...
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Air Nails or Staples?

One realm where staples shine is when attaching a material that lacks the suitable structure to reliably hold under expected strains within the locus of a single, small headed brad. A staple ...
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Air Nails or Staples?

Staples generally are for attaching thin material to a surface. So for wood (sort of) stapling can be used to tack on hardboard where appearance isn't important. The primary woodworking-related ...
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Remove nails from table frame

No option, you're going to have to dig into the wood a bit. You need to be able to get a grip on the nail heads to begin to pull them out and if they're sunk below the surface you can only do this by ...
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Questions about my custom stain and cleanup

Concoction was left in the pail for about 3 weeks. Life got in the way. Most the tutorials about this sort of thing suggest a week at most. Not a problem. The goal is ideally to convert all of the ...
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securing 3/8" plywood to studs

I agree with TX Turner -- screws would probably be the way to go. I like to opt for the SPAX screws that self-tap (no pre-drilling and unlikely to split wood) and have the torx bit so it is far less ...
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Nails plus glue into endgrain vs screws plus glue vs dado (for shelf)

Dados would be best, since the mechanical part of the joint will carry most of the load. If you go with butt joints and fasteners, I'd suggest pocket screws instead of either nails or screws into end ...
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How do cabinet makers achieve seamless joins

The answer to this question could be simple or complex depending on exactly what sort of joinery or cabinet making you're talking about - you're asking it in a fairly generic context. That said, it ...
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Making fake/pseudo plugs or caps

Besides using a plug cutter as suggested by FreeMan, you can cut plugs from a dowel. If you cannot find a commercially-manufactured dowel of the correct size or wood species, you can make your own.
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What's the manual alternative to 1" crown staples in cabinet joints?

My upcoming project calls for 1" crown staples to join 1/2" plywood pieces. What's a suitable alternative if I don't have a compressor/nailer? Nails. Reason I'm not specifying a size is it'...
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Is this resin & nail hole a Bad Thing for a chopping board?

The resin pockets may not be an issue. The resins from some trees such as pine are commonly eaten (or made into hot drinks) in certain parts of the world, that's how non-toxic it can be. But without ...
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How do cabinet makers achieve seamless joins

Just accurate work and some training. There are also good jigs which can be used with a router and they have a fine tuning to make the fit more loose or tight...
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What is the best way to remove nails from pallets?

After asking a similar question and doing some research I have found a novel alternative. Use a sawz-all, or reciprocating saw, to just cut all the nails free, then remove the tops with a punch and ...
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